Howick Councillor calls for Rates Referendum

Jami-Lee Ross, Howick Councillor for Manukau City has called for a Referendum on the proposed rating changes in Manukau City. 

[quote]“The change to annual value represents a fundamental shift in the way that the Council taxes the city and the change will affect many ratepayers with substantial rates increases.

“After listening to hundred of submissions on the proposed rating system during the annual plan hearings in May, I’m now convinced that there must be more opportunity for ratepayer participation into such a significant decision.

“With public opposition mounting, the most sensible way to progress this issue is to defer any change to an annual value based system until a referendum can be held in conjunction with the 2007 local body elections."[/quote]

What a sensible young man, I agree and oh Mr Mayor, show me your mandate to willy-nilly change the rating system.


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